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Old 03-12-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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I am married, a mother of 2 and I also take care of my parents and my brother.

Basically my household is 7 people.

I want to go to Valencia Community College full time.

I am leaving my job in which I has a fairly good stable job making about 32,000 per year.

Are there any grants or scholarships that you think I should consider applying for? (We are Hispanic if that helps key on any particular ones)

How does financial aid work?

I checked on-line and there is soooo much info that its hard to determine whats good for my situation or not?

Do any of you have experience with this?
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Old 03-12-2011, 01:23 PM
 
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The first thing I would do is fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Home - FAFSA on the Web-Federal Student Aid

That is your ticket to getting Pell Grant and many need-based grants from the feds, state, or college. This is my personal opinion, but I wouldn't get a student loan of any type if at all possible. I am holding off getting a Masters until I pay for my Bachelors and save for more schooling.

Of course, there are plenty of scholarships out there. Check with Valencia's Financial Aid Office. Fastweb.com is a great website to use to search for scholarships.
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Old 03-13-2011, 06:14 PM
 
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Being a Latina definitely helps in terms of financial aid. Having kids and people that depend on you should also benefit you in this regard. I agree, the best way to find out is to fill out the FAFSA and/or talk to financial advisers at VCC.

As for going full time, don't underestimate it! Even though it's a community college, depending on what you study you could get very busy. I think VCC is great because of its flexible schedule, which is nice when you have that many people to take care of. Another plus at VCC is that with an AA/AS two year degree, you can go to any state school. So if you think UCF might be something you're interested in down the line, VCC is a good and cost effective option.

Good luck!
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:23 AM
 
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Valencia is a good school. My wife attends that school and is happy with it.
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:34 PM
 
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Alright. I'm recently separated from my husband, a student at valencia. I'm coming to a very scary realization that he did everything for me, including apply for my student loans for me. I've been on the valencia web site for almost two hours now, reading, and trying to figure out how to apply for a loan. My status has x-amount available for summer and I've already filled out FASFA this year. What the heck do I do now...? Every form I looked at was a PDF to be printed and then I have no idea what. I feel pretty incompetent.
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